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Did you ever think that you could stand inside the great pyramid ALONE? I actually did this! The day of my private tour there were very few tourists and for just about a minute I got to be alone in the king's chamber listening to the sounds of the pyramid. So amazing! Taking a private tour means you can focus your time on things that are really interesting to you. Want to check out the boat museum instead of riding a camel? No problem! Done with the sphinx and want to check out the area around the pyramids for a little while? Go for it! We felt like we could ask our guide anything. FYI, have some small currency available in case you want to take photos of people or their animals. Some people demand payment for a photo, but even if they don't it's polite to ask and compensate them if you think the subject would make for a great shot. A great day, another great tour!
Beth United States of ...
Wow - this was an incredible experience. Our tour guide, Ahmet Achmed was unbelievable. He was knowledgeable, engaging, full of energy and customized the day so we had a full experience. We only had one day in Cairo so Ahmet made sure it was a memorable experience. It's a beautiful city and we are so grateful that we got to spend the day touring with Ahmet who has a great way of presenting the story of Egypt that kept us entertained all day. Definitely recommend. Also, the tour company was exceptional at customer service. They were very responsive and are highly, highly recommended. Thanks!
Our first trip to Egypt. It was awesome. Our particular guide made this tour a great adventure. John C.
WOW! This was a fabulous first day in Cairo.
I would insist that anyone coming to Cairo should do this trip, unless you are dead-set on spending an entire day at the Egyptian Museum. It was great to get our bearings with a guide, and we felt safe the whole time. The driver was great, even though general driving in Giza/Cairo isn't :
Our guide Ahmet? was phenomenal. He was very aware of how warm the day would be and paced things accordingly. He was an excellent guide through the pyramids and Egypt Museum and was willing to answer all of our questions. He took great pictures of us, too! Hearing about history from a local made a huge impact on us. We like to think of ourselves as budget travelers, but this tour was worth every penny.
We liked how the private tour made our plans more flexible-- we were able to add in a quick camel photo ride and entering the pyramids for an extra cost. He let us pick how much time we wanted to spend at the Bazaar on our own, and we found 45-60 minutes was plenty of time for us.
Be prepared to have some money along to pay for the Mummy Room, a camel ride, Bazaar shopping, etc. if any of those interest you... AND enough for tips, because our guide and driver were both fantastic. They stopped at an ATM for us along the way.
Bring water along!
If you have limited time in Cairo as we did, I would highly recommend doing this tour the first day and a guided tour to Dashur, Memphis, Sakkara Saquara, and the Great Pyramids yes, a second time on the second day.
Visiting the tourist sites in Cairo during your first visit to the city can be a little overwhelming. Not with this tour. It was very well organized. Our guide was extremely informative. The only thing is: if you have been to other bazaars in northern Africa or the Middle East, the Khan el-Khalili Bazzar can be disappointing. But, the beauty of a private tour is that you can minimize your time there or even skip and maximize your time elsewhere. Do not skip the Egyptian Museum. Is really worth the visit.
Guide was a wealth of knowledge. I was able to bypass crowds an focus on key points. Highly recommend the private tour.
Our guide, Med, is amazing. He was very knowledgeable and friendly.
I couldn't be more glad! The tour guide Abdel is an Egyptologist that used to be a teacher and he provided a lot of good information. The tour was always on time and we were able to stop at the Merit Bazaar to check the papyrus and cartouches stores. I would recommend to add the camel ride. I got great pictures riding from Khufu to Menkaure. As a bonus, I lunched at a restaurant with a nice view of the Giza pyramids and I also received a wake-up call one hour prior to the tour.
Unforgettable experience one day trip in Cairo. Visiting Egypt for something different is really good idea.Thanks to Mr Fouad, Egyptologist, his really knowledgeable and experienced.
We had a great experience! If you can, ask for Tarek as a tour guide. He was outstanding!
Amin United Kingdom
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Advised on how to avoid tourist traps.
We were ahead of schedule so we were able to stop in the papyrus store which was a bonus.
Lunch was in a lovely small restaurant, clean washrooms.
Transport was modern and on time.
Overall a long day, 8am to 4pm, but worth it.
Would recommend this package to anybody wanting to gain an overview of the ancient Egyptian era.
Our tour guide, Mohamed Basheer, was excellent. He provided a perfect balance of information, education, and free time to explore on our own and set the right pace. We thoroughly enjoyed this adventure.
This was a fast but immensely interesting day. Well worth the time. Our guide Mohammad was very knowlegable. The only comment to make is if one likes history and museums, the Egyptian Museum a.k.a. Cairo Museum, really deserves much more time. I hope to go back some time to see more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and found the tour guide to be informative and helpful.
Starting with the Egyptian Museum, there really is so much to see and there wouldn't be enough time in the tour to cover even half of it. I was walked through the story of Tutankhamen and saw a lot of his belongings and other antiquities found in his tomb. I'd highly recommend reading up or watching a documentary on Ancient Egypt to fully appreciate what's to see here.
The Khan el-Khalili Bazaar was somewhat underwhelming. It hasn't much to offer but it is worth a visit. Do be ready to haggle, the vendors speak perfect English and will use all kinds of Sales tactics to oversell their products.
The entry to the Funerary Complex and the Sphinx were beautiful. Though the guide would tell you much of the history of these places, it would really help to know a little prior to visiting.
The Pyramids were simply the best thing about visiting Cairo. They are every bit as grand as people say. Putting my hand on the warm yet soft stone for the first time will be something I never forget. Being with the tour guide in this area really has it's advantages and I would highly advise it.
The tour guide himself was very friendly and informative. He was happy to answer any questions and the way he told some of the stories of Ancient Egypt especially in the Solar Boat Museum was truly captivating. I very shamefully forgot to tip him before I left as there isn't much of a tip culture where I come from so please be sure to give tip the drivers and the guides as you see fit.
Overall, this tour was great for people visiting for a short time and really gives a strong feel of what Cairo has to offer.
Invaluable Top notch service. Flexible schedule to meet our preferences. Private means private. Using this tour provided us the opportunity to see so much in one day. Couldn and #39;t have done it othersiwe. Egyptologist was great. Separate car with driver allowed us to be dropped off at the front door
The Pyramids were awesome. The Sphinx was mind blowing. Paid extra to go inside the pyramid. Not much to see inside but glad we went. The tour guide K was the best. Extremely knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. Paid extra for camel rides. Keep in mind to have some small notes as the young boys that walk the camels insist on a tip.
Think we were given the very best guide in Egypt for this trip! His English was excellent, his knowledge was extensive and he was so personable He will not be forgotten!! My husband now has a heart that is lighter than a feather,K, and I thank you for that!! Wherever people choose to visit in this beautiful world, choose Viator as your trip advisor!!!
Incredibly honored to have stepped in this 5000 years old site. The pyramids are just as mythical as they are great. We went inside up to the tomb and it's just an unique feeling to be there. The Khan el-Khalili Bazaar is a true culture immersion and full of beautiful Egyptian tokens/gifts. Our guide Ossama Sharaf was very knowledgeable and guided us through every step. We ended with a traditional mint tea in a cafe by Khan el-Khalili after going over the sites of the tour plus a few n surprises on the way I would definitely do this again and if you can, ask for this guide, he was awesome.
Our trip was amazing. From the moment we were collected from our hotel our very professional guide Muhammad and the driver were amazing. We were treated so well and our guide was friendly and extremely knowledgeable with fantastic stories that were captivating and sparked our imagination.
We had a full day tour with Ahmed guide and Zaki driver. Both were extremely professional and courteous. Ahmed was a very knowledgeable and personable guide. He made good recommendations and gave advice re: tourism in Cairo, without being forceful or persistent. We really enjoyed his company for the day, and were delighted with our Cairo tour experience.
Our guide and driver were both fantastic, took us everywhere we wanted to go, spending basically as much time as we wanted at each incredible attraction and adjusting the itinerary as needed! Hit the pyramids first in the morning, especially if you want to go inside cost about 20-40 depending on which pyramid is open as there are fewer people - only a few dozen at 9am when we visited in November!
With only my friend and I on the tour, it was a very personal and enlightening experience - be prepared to haggle politely in the Bazaar, be approached to buy every trinket at every stop, asked to ride camels, horses and pose for photos for free nothing is free! and remember - لا شكرا la shukraan for no thanks with a smile, still wins a lot of friends! I would totally recommend this tour for anyone, big thumbs up to South Sinai Tours and their amazing staff! :
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